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David Matsuoka Interview

Date: December 10, 2009
Location: Sacramento, California
Videographer: Dana Hoshide
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1010-5
01:34:56
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Nisei male. Born December 21, 1929, in Walnut Grove, California. Grew up in Walnut Grove where father owned and operator a shoe sales and repair business. During World War II, removed with family to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and Granada concentration camp, Colorado. Returned to California as a high school student. Mr. Matsuoka passed away in September of 2010.
This interview is part of the Preserving California's Japantowns Collection. Visit Densho for more information.

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Interview location: Sacramento, California Born in Walnut Grove, California (audio only) Segment 1 of 28 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Operating the game scoreboard at local baseball and softball games (audio only) Segment 2 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Odd jobs as a child: selling concessions at sports events, running the movie projector at theater (audio only) Segment 3 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Acting in church performances (audio only) Segment 4 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Speaking mostly Japanese as a child (audio only) Segment 5 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Participating in church activities (audio only) Segment 6 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Attending a segregated elementary school (audio only) Segment 7 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Memories of interacting with Chinese Americans (audio only) Segment 8 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Japanese American community businesses in Walnut Grove (audio only) Segment 9 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Description of parents (audio only) Segment 10 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Celebrating the New Year's holiday (audio only) Segment 11 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Making arrangements with a non-Japanese family to take care of home (audio only) Segment 12 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor (audio only) Segment 13 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California A memorable interaction with a black porter on the train to camp (audio only) Segment 14 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Merced
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Working to unload coal in camp (audio only) Segment 15 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Granada (Amache)
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Working on a camp's cattle ranch (audio only) Segment 16 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Earning money in camp to help family (audio only) Segment 17 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California A Boy Scout camping trip outside of camp to a nearby National Park (audio only) Segment 18 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Granada (Amache)
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Remembering fights in camp school (audio only) Segment 19 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Brother's experience as a prisoner of war (audio only) Segment 20 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Encountering racial hostility upon return home to Walnut Grove (audio only) Segment 21 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Observing Japanese Americans returning to Walnut Grove (audio only) Segment 22 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Attending high school (audio only) Segment 23 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Changes in Walnut Grove after World War II (audio only) Segment 24 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Working for the postal service (audio only) Segment 25 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Decreased segregation in Walnut Grove after World War II (audio only) Segment 26 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Changes in land ownership laws after the war (audio only) Segment 27 of 28 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Moving to Sacramento, involvement in community activities (audio only) Segment 28 of 28 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history